Europe At Peace

by billhoult on 7 June, 2014

Watching the commemoration of D-day this week and  the previous reminders to us all of the sacrifices made in the First and Second World Wars brought home to me how important the creation of a United Europe has been. The creation was in response to the terrible slaughter experienced after the two World Wars in […]

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Allerton Incinerator Update

by billhoult on 24 May, 2014

    Like a mirage in the desert a decision on the Allerton Incinerator although always in sight never quite gets close. In a response to a question at the North Yorkshire Full Council meeting on the 21 May 2014 the Executive member Chris Metcalfe revealed that due to technical reasons a decision whether to […]

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Hard to Get Rid Of!

by billhoult on 24 May, 2014

Readers may know that I have stood down from the Harrogate District Council after 20 years service and have been replaced by Liberal Democrat Councillor David Goode. In a report in the Ackrill Press  Mike Renton the Tory candidate defeated by David was quoted as saying “Bill has been hard to get rid of” Coming […]

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Lib Dems Clean Sweep in Knaresborough Polls

by billhoult on 24 May, 2014

On Thursday Knaresborough electors gave Liberal Democrats a clean sweep of the four District Council elections and the one Town Council Byelection (caused by a Tory councillor being disqualified by failing to attend a single meeting for 6 months. The three winners at District were Cllr David Goode for Knaresborough King James Cllr Christine Willoughby […]

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Harrogate Housing Plan Shambles

by billhoult on 1 May, 2014

  “Withdrawal would seem to be the best option available” says Council Extraordinary Council Meeting Planned Only one week into the hearing of the Harrogate District 20 year forward plan for the development of Housing jobs and leisure provision the Government Inspector (Mr Ware) has called a halt to the hearing claiming that his reservations […]

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Create Space for Cycling Call

by billhoult on 21 April, 2014

I have been contacted by members of a Cycling group  campaigning for “Space for Cycling” calling for safer provision for cyclists in our Towns. Cllr Helen Flynn (Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Harrogate and Knaresborough Constituency) is an enthusiastic supporter of the idea that Harrogate and Knaresborough can become  “Cycling Towns” and has called for Harrogate […]

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Planning Appeal:Housing Boroughbridge Road

by billhoult on 15 January, 2014

5th January 2014: Date for Planning Appeal Fixed Prior to Christmas the Appellant and Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) were asked by the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) to agree a timetable for the Public Inquiry.  However, due to commitments by key witnesses for  HBC an agreed timetable could not be set and PINs was asked to impose […]

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Allerton Incinerator-County Win Case!

by billhoult on 9 August, 2013

News just in that North Yorkshire County Council has been successful in defeating the Judicial Review brought by the opponents of the Allerton Incinerator that alleged that the planning decision was flawed. From the jubilation in the County Council camp they sound as though they do intend to build the plant. However the County Council […]

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Fracking is a Gas!

by billhoult on 5 August, 2013

I have received representations from constituents regarding their concerns and fears about extracting gas from shale by the process known as hydraulic fracturing (Fracking). The process involves forcing water with additives into bore holes under such pressure that the shale is fractured thus releasing gas from the rocks. Although we can never be sure it […]

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Anger over Knaresborough Bus Wars

by billhoult on 31 July, 2013

Many residents have contacted me about the current bus wars being carried out by Transdev and Harrogate Coach Travel through the streets of our Town mainly the Aspin Estate. I am well aware of the disruption and trouble that is being caused but those of you that I have written too do know that  there […]

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